Dec 14, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Toronto Raptors power forward Patrick Patterson (54) knocks the ball away from Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) during the second half at the United Center. The Toronto Raptors defeated the Chicago Bulls 99-77. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Duke in the NBA Update: Deng returns, McRoberts dunks kind of hard


NBA Action

Gerald Henderson scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, a steal, and two blocks in the Charlotte Bobcats’ 88-85 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. Josh McRoberts tacked on 6 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a block in the losing effort, picking up a highlight reel dunk along the way (here and here) Ryan Kelly was active for the Lakers, but he didn’t play.

Following two 30-point performances, Kyrie Irving was swallowed by the Miami Heat defense and made just six of his sixteen shots in the Cavaliers’ 114-107 loss on the road. Irving finished with just 19 points and 3 assists, although he did manage 4 steals. Shane Battier had just 2 points, a rebound, and a block in 13 minutes for the Heat.

Elton Brand had an assist and two rebounds in five minutes during the Hawks’ 111-106 loss to the Knicks.

Luol Deng returned to the lineup, but the Chicago Bulls still found themselves unable to generate anything on offense, scoring just 77 points in a loss to the Toronto Raptors. Deng, who has been slowed by a sore Achilles, had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists in his comeback. Carlos Boozer had a miserable night shooting the ball, scoring 8 points on 4-18 shooting. He did finish with 7 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block, so there’s that. Mike Dunleavy had 14 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist of the bench.


D-League Action

By the standards Seth Curry has set so far in his time in the D-League, last night was an off night. Curry had 22 points, 4 assists, a rebound, and 3 steals in the Santa Cruz Warriors’ 124-118 loss against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Maybe his play had a slight slip out of boredom.

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